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FAQ

Breast Center at Houston Methodist West Hospital

How long will my appointment take?

  • Screening mammogram:                    30 minutes
  • Diagnostic mammogram:                   1 hour
  • Breast ultrasound:                          30 minutes to 1 hour
  • Stereotactic breast biopsy:              2 hours
  • Ultrasound-guided breast biopsy:      2 hours
  • Breast MRI:                                    1.5 hours
  • MRI-guided breast biopsy:                3 hours

Can I eat before my appointment?

Yes. You may eat before your imaging or biopsy procedure.

Can I bring my children with me to my appointment?

Children are not permitted inside the Breast Center. Children under the age of 12 may not be left unattended in the waiting area of the hospital outside the Breast Center.

What should I wear to my appointment?

It is best to wear a two-piece outfit such as slacks and top or a skirt and blouse.

Can I wear deodorant/antiperspirant, powder or lotion to my appointment?

Deodorant/antiperspirant, powder and lotion must be removed prior to Breast Center procedures or tests. We provide cleansing wipes for your convenience, as well as deodorant/antiperspirant afterward.

How will I get my results?

The breast radiologist’s report is faxed to your referring physician’s office after it is finalized. A hard copy of your report will also be mailed directly to you.

When should I get my first mammogram?

The American Cancer Society and other medical groups recommend that women with an average risk of breast cancer begin annual mammograms at age 40 and continue as long as the individual is in relatively good health. Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast examination as part of a routine physical, every three years. At 40 years of age and after, clinical breast examination should be done annually.

Women with a family history of breast cancer should discuss screening options with their physician. However, many breast specialists recommend that women with a strong family history of cancer begin annual screenings at an earlier age with a breast ultrasound or MRI, in addition to regular mammograms. Breast self-examinations should be performed monthly starting at age 20.

Are there different types of mammograms and which one should I have?

Yes, there are two types of mammograms, screening and diagnostic. The type of mammogram that is best for you depends on your medical history and breast symptoms. Houston Methodist West Hospital only utilizes state-of-the-art digital mammography.

How do I schedule my mammogram?

Call the Methodist Breast Center at West Houston scheduling line at 832-522-1234.